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Ince: Not Scared Of Anyone

21 November 2013

The manager's thoughts ahead of the Birmingham trip

After four previous games of varying results, manager Paul Ince faces the final match of his stadium ban as his side travel to Birmingham City.

Returning after a two week break, Blackpool are looking to get back to winning ways at St Andrews, with the Ipswich defeat remaining in everyone's mind over the international break.

Although Birmingham are currently battling at the wrong end of the table, Ince hopes their victory at Huddersfield last time out works as a warning to his side.

“They proved how good they are when they played Huddersfield away. We know how tough it is when we played Huddersfield, so to go there and get three points is a massive result,” said Ince.

“You get teams who get off to a flyer, like we have and you get teams who don’t do that well, but pick up results inconsistently, and Birmingham are starting to do that. They’ve got some very good players, it’s a tough place to go to St Andrews, last year it was tough, we came home with a point, but we could have lost the game in the last minute.

“However, we’re Blackpool and we’re not scared of anyone. I keep drumming on to perform well, it doesn’t matter who we play against. We’re looking forward to every game, when you’re playing well and people are coming back there is a sense of excitement,”

The match will conclude Ince’s stadium ban, but he has admitted that watching away from the touchline has its advantages.

“It’s been such a long time, obviously with the international break, it’s been tough and I am looking forward to getting back on the touchline.

“When I watch it on the TV I can see quite a lot, so whether I go upstairs from the touchline I don’t know. You see more when you’re sitting up; Nigel Pearson has started doing it at Leicester too.”

But for now the manager will remain in contact with Alex Rae via the phone, and hopes to claim a fourth away win of the campaign to cement that top six spot for another week.

“We have to be on our metal every week, every day in training we have to be on our metal, because if we don’t we’ll lose games, which is what happened against Ipswich – maybe we got a bit complacent, I don’t know why because we know what our target is,” he said.

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